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2016 Mazda CX-3 S Touring (FWD) review

The minute I saw the CX-3 revealed, I knew it was the next car I wanted. Coming from a Mazda 3 diesel, I was hoping for the diesel, however I was not able to afford the diesel in the model I wanted (S Touring), and it didn’t come in a manual, which for me was also a contributor. I chose the manual and it is great to drive...

2006 Mazda 3 MPS review

Purchasing a Mazda 3 MPS is the best thing you will ever do. I've had my MPS for six months now and I've done 13,000km in it. It has been the most fun 13,000km I've ever done. This thing never ceases to put a smile on my face. Enough fluff, though, let's talk about the car. My particular example is an ’06 model...

2015 Mazda 6 Atenza review

A Note from the Editor: Stock image has been used in this review. I've owned this car for about a year and have traveled about 20,000km in that time. I am extremely pleased with the Mazda. It has proven to be reliable, very fuel efficient (although way off official figures as we all expect) and it even looks good, especially in Sonic Silver with the shadow chrome wheels! I bought the car as a 'daily'...

2016 Mazda 3 SP25 GT review

The Mazda 3 has been quite the game-changer in the small-car segment since its arrival in 2004 (replacing the 323), and quickly establishing itself as one of the most sought after small hatchbacks in the market. Mazda continues its success with the Mazda 3 in the guise of the SP25 GT. I bought my Mazda 3 SP25 GT BN series in September 2016...

2005 Mazda MX-5 review

An MX-5 review, or as I like to think about it, my Ferris Bueller fantasy. The story of this car begins with the death of my father, who was a mechanic and used car salesman. I grew up watching him buy, repair and sell hundreds of different cars over the years. He was a bit of a boozer and a rat bag, but he was my dad, so naturally I became a car nut as well...

2008 Mazda 2 Maxx review

A Note from the Editor: A stock image has been supplied with this review. Once upon a time, I found myself sitting at a bus stop on the side of the road, staring off into the distance dreaming about one day owning a V8 Commodore. The next car that stopped in front of me was not only far from it, but almost as far away as you could possibly get – a 2008 Mazda 2 hatchback...

2012 Mazda BT-50 XTR (4x4) review

I have owned this now for 4.5 years and clocked up 100,000km. The only fault I have found is that the turbo intercooler hoses are very flimsy – only one strand of cord and thin-walled. The first one blew at only 86,000km, at a cost of $135 including freight and handling. Most other intercooler hoses on other makes of vehicles have lasted up to and beyond 10 years and 400,000km plus...

2017 Mazda CX-9 Azami (AWD) review

Why this car? It was time to upgrade with a second child coming, and after about four years I felt the urge to replace our Honda CR-V MY2012 (2011) base model. The competition? Kia Sorento GT-Line. To me, the Sorento screams of value (about $10,000 cheaper) and the CX-9 is the last saving grace for a family man without affecting my credit rating too much...

2011 Mazda RX-8 GT review

I have owned this RX-8 since new from December 2011. The curves and quirkiness of the Wankel engine and those rearward-opening back doors just made me fall in love. I drove the car home two days later, being the first RWD car I had owned in nine years. The Darwin wet season was in full swing and the roads overflowing with standing water, but the handling and grip inspired confidence and the car remained planted throughout...

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT review

When the all-new MX-5 was released in September 2015, Mazda replaced the retractable hardtop model with a soft-top convertible – a retrospective step of taking the MX-5 back to its origins as a lightweight convertible sports car. It was applauded by motoring journalists and enthusiasts as a return to affordable, fun, top-down motoring the Mazda MX-5 had been known for...

2010 Mazda 3 MPS Luxury review

Christmas is rolling around, and the new Mazda 6 2.5-litre turbo has just been announced with 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque – not a full-blown MPS model, but sweet all the same. However, it seems another day is another chance for Mazda to again tell us that it isn't doing performance cars anymore...